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Rumsfeld garners criticism for prisoner abuse

New York - May 17, 2004. The latest report from Media Tenor, an independent institute examining the presidential election media coverage, shows that, as the abuse of prisoners in Iraq became the primary focus of TV evening news, President Bush largely escaped media attention and criticism, while the coverage of Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld was both more extensive and largely negative in tone. In the third week of May, 19.5% of the reports on Bush were negative, while Rumsfeld received most of the criticism, with 41% of negative reports.

The focus on the presidential campaigns decreased, as TV networks featured more reports on Rumsfeld than on the President and his challenger Senator John Kerry.

Kerry rarely managed to garner TV journalistsí interest last week. ABC did not feature a single statement on or about Kerry. On CBS, there was hardly any coverage at all.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at May 19, 2004 9:42 AM